Morrow TV Article: State of the Union

April 09, 2009

Morrow TV: Tracey Ullman's back ... Other shows of interest

By TERRY MORROW, Scripps Howard News Service

Tracey Ullman is back with a new array of characters for the second season of "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union."

She'll be doing her own spin on Renee Zellweger, Seth Rogan, Laura Bush and J.K. Rowling. Ullman also has an arsenal of characters she's created especially for the sketch show (returning 10 p.m. EDT Sunday, Showtime). Among them is Padma Perkesh, an East Indian pharmacist working in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Ullman doesn't profess to know much about Oak Ridge. "We just loved the name," Ullman says.

As Padma, she advises customers before breaking out into a Bollywood production number.

If the idea of placing a Bollywood singer and dancer in Oak Ridge sounds random, well, it is. "We looked at a map ... and said, 'Let's place (a character) there,' " Ullman says.

She had considered not bringing the character back for the second season, but had second thoughts.

"I had so much fun with her," she says. "I love the singing and dancing of it. I couldn't let it go. I have figured out a way for her to interact more with the local (characters) that comes into the pharmacy."

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